Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
133,609 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 092015


  • 167,218 miles


Main problem at the moment is a clicking, knocking noise that sounds like is coming from underneath truck in the middle. You can feel truck shake/vibrate when you hear the noise. Previous problems lug bolts came loose and almost cause tire to fall off. Other problem truck started off sounding like the brake pads were going then the truck started making a horrible grinding noise. Felt like the engine was going to fall out. Ended up being front passenger side tire. Rim had stattered.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the anti lock braking system suddenly malfunctioned and the vehicle failed to stop. The conatct had to engage the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The contact indicated that the defect occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the defect. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- 605-215-3876, SD, USA

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